The Art of Geometric Design / by Hannah Austin

Whether its flooring, lighting or tiles, geometric patterns have been adding an edge to design within a home for years, and the trend is not dying. And at Abode we love it! But as well as the beauty of the more superficial patterns of design, there is a deeper level of science and mathematics within the geometry of the spaces designed.

Geometry is the fundamental science of forms and their order and geometry in architecture and interior design can give your space an edge. It has the power to create harmony and proportion………..But what exactly is it?

The ancient Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius was the first to write down some rules about architecture and the first to write down the proportions for how structures should be constructed.

The images of the Vitruvian Man shown here represents the proportions of a human being. The circles, squares, and elipses that surround the figures are Vitruvian calculations of man's physical geometry.


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Geometry is everywhere in nature. Our cells reveal an ordered system of shapes and pattern. Leaves, seeds and flowers share the same spiral shapes. Honeybees and other insects live in structures that mimic patterns and the swirl of shells and the surface waves in the sea all reflect the same principles.



From the pyraminds in Egypt to the new World Trade Center Tower in New York, great architecture uses the same essential building blocks as your body and all living things. Geometry also plays a key role in interior design for determining proportions and placement of objects that are aesthetically pleasing.

Many designers are guided by what is known as the "golden ratio." This mathematical ratio describes the ideal proportions of a room or building in terms of approximately 60/40. In the field of interior design, the golden ratio principle can relate to the placement of objects or influence the use of colour in the room's palette:

 60 percent neutral colours

30 percent darker furniture

10 percent warmer colours including 5 percent bright accents and a touch of cooler tones.

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Strong geometric elements and repetitive patterns are also thought to have a calming effect by introducing regularity and order.

Here are some ways to use them:

Geometric wallpaper can add a sense of drama to a room

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If you wanted less of a statement go for more neutral walls and have geometric curtains

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Ever popular geometric style tiles can have a big impact in a bathroom or kitchen, whether whole walls or floors are tiled or just sections.

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Or alternatively just use a hint of it through lighting or soft furnishings.

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If you want to add a sense of order and harmony to your home give us a call on 07775 764867 or email us at